I just witnessed an extraordinary moment.
A busload of women from the FLDS polygamist compound just arrived at the ranch gate.
A few of them seemed very upset. They told me that state officials forced them to leave their children at the shelter and go home.
We suspected this was coming because just yesterday a judge had their cellphones confiscated, cutting off communication with men at the ranch.
Talking with the women as they left the bus, I was surprised by their eagerness to tell their story to me, since FLDS have usually refused to speak to outsiders.
I asked about the allegations of child abuse. The women said all marriages are between conscenting partners. Some said they had no knowledge of unaged girls getting married to adult men.
One woman says the report of sexual and physical abuse from a woman named Sarah is a hoax. They told me it was a fictitious story and the girl does not exist.
We're continuing to work the story.
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